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Bring Climate Change Education to Your Classroom

Educators equip the next generation with the knowledge and tools needed to achieve a flourishing, equitable, and sustainable future. EcoRise is excited to offer online teacher professional development courses to educators, of all subjects and grades, that equips them with knowledge, skills, and resources to confidently incorporate climate change and related topics into their existing curriculum. Courses are facilitated by instructional leaders with expertise in teaching climate change in schools. Together, we can ensure all students leave high school climate literate and prepared to create a better world.

The courses were originally developed by the K–12 instructional design team at Presidio Graduate School to address the questions and challenges around teaching climate change. In 2023, EcoRise was selected to receive the program through a highly competitive evaluation process and is excited to grow the teacher education courses with more instructional resources. Learn more about the history of the program here.

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Courses Currently Enrolling

Teaching Climate Change Essentials: Starting June 10, 2024

8-week Asynchronous Course with Synchronous Opportunities

An 8-week (extended study) online teacher professional development course designed to equip elementary, middle, and high school teachers with knowledge, skills, and resources to integrate climate change into their existing curriculum, regardless of their grade level or subject area. Synchronous webinars are held three times in this course, but teachers can view the webinar recording if they are unable to join live. Upon completion, 18 hours of continuing education credit will be offered.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the fundamentals of climate science literacy.
  • Analyze how climate change impacts the planet and people, especially people in marginalized communities.
  • Design entry points to include these fundamentals in a variety of existing K–12 curricula.
  • Discover and adapt curricula and resources for use in classrooms.
  • Compare and contrast climate change solutions that teachers and students might participate in personally, locally, and globally.

Dates
June 10, 2024– August 11, 2024 (includes a 1-week holiday break)

Who
All K–12 educators

Registration closes June 7, 2024.

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Teaching Extreme Weather: Starting June 17, 2024

4-week Asynchronous Course

A 4-week online course that provides grades 6–12 science teachers with an opportunity to explore the driving forces behind extreme weather events occurring where they live, the relationship to climate change, and methods to address NGSS standards. Upon completion, 12 hours of continuing education credit will be offered.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the fundamentals of extreme weather.
  • Analyze how climate change and extreme weather events are related.
  • Explore regional extreme weather events in the U.S.
  • Design a lesson or series of lessons that include extreme weather events.

Dates
June 17, 2024–July 21, 2024 (includes a 1-week holiday break)

Who
6th–12th grade science educators

Registration closes June 14, 2024.

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Teaching Climate Justice: Starting July 8, 2024

4-week Asynchronous Course

A 4-week online course that gives all K–12 educators the opportunity to explore the important topics of climate change and environmental justice. Participants explore the fundamentals of climate change, the history of the environmental and climate justice movements, the inequitable impact of climate change on marginalized communities, and ideas and solutions for how to address climate justice. Upon completion, 12 hours of continuing education credit will be offered.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the fundamentals of climate change, environmental justice, and climate justice.
  • Analyze the inequitable impact climate change has on marginalized communities through various online tools.
  • Explore local environmental justice knowledge.
  • Design a lesson that includes climate justice.

Dates
July 8, 2024–August 4, 2024

Who
All K–12 educators

Registration closes July 5, 2024.

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